Momaya Press Short Story Competition

Momaya Annual Awards | 15 November 2016

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Please join us to congratulate the writers we will publish in the Momaya Short Story Review 2016 and hear updates from Momaya alumni. It’s a great chance to meet many of the writers we have published through the years – which will hopefully inspire you, wherever you are in your journey as a writer.

7PM Tuesday 15 November
Upstairs Private Room, Theodore Bullfrog Pub, 26 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HL


  • Momaya Press Director Monisha Saldanha welcomes the audience
  • Gillian Pink, Research Editor at the Volataire Foundation (University of Oxford) introduces first place story “China Dolls”
  • Frances Jessop, Editor at Random House, introduces second place story “Overestimation of Importance”
  • Alice Sheppard, former Assistant Editor at Penguin, introduces third place story “Amalfi”
  • All published writers are congratulated by the judges, and share their inspiration for their piece and plans for the future
  • Playwright German Munoz performs the first place story “China Dolls”
  • Frances Jessop gives advice to writers on working with publishers
  • Drinks and chats

Further information


Submit your story to the Momaya Short Story Competition

“Dystopia / Utopia” are the themes for the 14th annual Momaya Short Story Competition.  While entries for the Momaya Competition may be on any topic and are judged on their own merit, the judges will select additional stories for publication based on their treatment of the “Dystopia / Utopia” theme.

Some of the world’s greatest literature have dealt with the theme of dystopia — Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale, Anthony Burgess’ The Clockwork Orange, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, George Orwell’s 1984, to name just a handful.  While utopias seem a bit more thin on the ground, the better known include William Morris’s News from Nowhere, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Campanella’s The City of the Sun and Disney’s Tomorrowland. Utopias seem to have dominated the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, while dystopias came into their own after World War One.

“Almost without exception, everything society has considered a social advance has been prefigured first in some utopian writing.” – David L. Cooperrider, PhD

What is the vision you’d like to share with the world – a dystopia or a utopia? Can one person’s dystopia be another’s utopia? We look forward to reading your own, unique take on our theme.  We are accepting entries now until the competition closes 30 April 2017.


momaya2016fullcovergold2Check out the Best Stories of 2016

We enjoyed reading the truly excellent submissions to the Momaya Short Story Competition 2016 and extend our thanks to the hundreds of writers who chose to share their stories with us.

We look forward to the honour of reading more of your work in the years to come.

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